KWN shares experiences with leading women in Kachin

The Kachin Women’s Association in Thailand, between November 19-30 organized a Women’s Empowerment Training program attended by leading women from Thailand. The training included several topics, with particular focus on human rights and advocacy and peace negotiations. At the sessions, the participants were introduced to the experiences of women’s organizations in the peace processes in Kosovo and Colombia.

On November 27, Igballe Rogova, Executive Director of the Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN), conducted a mentoring session via Skype to share Kosovo’s experience and the role of women in the state-building process.

She talked about activism during the 1990s in Kosovo, the Sisters Qiriazi Association, as well as about the war period in Kosovo, when this association didn’t cease it activities to help Kosovars located in refugee camps. The participants also had the opportunity to be informed about the history of the women’s movement in Kosovo, how the first organizations for women’s rights were established in Kosovo after the war, as well as the background and work of the KWN, since its establishment in 2000 as an informal network. Among other things, Rogova also mentioned the investigative reports on gender-based violence and sexual harassment in Kosovo; the establishment of Council for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kosovo; as well as initiatives and research related to the monitoring in Kosovo of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325, Resolution on Women, Peace and Security.